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Thanksgiving Safety Tips For Your Dog

Thanksgiving is a time of gratitude. We celebrate with family and friends by indulging in all those wonderful comfort foods we serve for a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Before we get to the food that our furry family members should avoid, let’s talk about the non-food related safety tips. Make sure your dog is wearing a collar and ID tag with current contact information. This is important whether you are traveling or hosting guests. If you are entertaining in your own home, let your guests know that you have a dog(s). Explain how important it is that they are careful when entering and exiting the house - closing the doors behind them can save your dog’s life. If you will be...

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Halloween Safety Tips For Dogs

Halloween may be fun for children and families but for dogs, it can be traumatic. Minimize the stress and keep your dog healthy and happy throughout the festivities by following these tips. 1. Keep the candy bowl out of reach. Certain Halloween treats can be toxic to your furry family members. All forms of chocolate, especially dark and baking chocolate, can be extremely dangerous, even fatal for your dog. Symptoms of chocolate poisoning may include diarrhea, vomiting, rapid breathing, increased heart rate, and seizures. Xylitol, the artificial sweetener can also be poisonous to dogs. Xylitol can cause a sudden drop in blood sugar resulting in loss of coordination and seizures. It can also cause liver failure in dogs, even if...

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Getting Your Dog Through The 4th of July Fireworks

Holiday fireworks are here and you may be worried about your dogs' anxiety!  Symptoms of stress include pupil dilation, raised heartbeat, excessive panting, trembling, inability to settle, loss of appetite, and whimpering or whining, excessive licking, and pacing. Many dogs will cope with their fear of fireworks by adopting one or more of the following behaviors: Seeking out dark cozy places Digging into the carpet Attempting to run away Hiding in the bathtub or closet   Tips for getting through the 4th of July safely and calmly Most importantly, stay calm and relaxed yourself. Dogs are extremely sensitive to their humans' emotional states so it is important to remain calm while your dog may be freaking out. Your dog needs...

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